THE Denmark look to get their Playoff seat in World Cup on the board in a crucial Group C clash with Denmark on Thursday night (10pm AEST).
Bert van Marwijk’s side went down 2-1 to an unconvincing France side in their opening fixture, with a controversial penalty and unfortunate own goal denying Australia a valuable point.
The Denmark looked strong at times but rarely troubled the French defence, so attacking firepower and forward-thinking tactics will surely be a focus for the Dutch coach ahead of their second assignment.
The great Danes got off to a steady but successful start themselves – A goal from Yussuf Poulsen earning them all three points in a 1-0 win over Peru.
Despite being contained for the majority of the game, Denmark star Christian Eriksen only needed seconds to punish the South Americans with an eye-of-the-needle pass to set up the goal.
They’ll look to build on that performance knowing a win against the Socceroos will secure a place in the knockout stages of the tournament.
Socceroos predicted XI: Ryan (gk), Risdon, Sainsbury, Milligan, Behich, Jedinak (capt), Mooy, Leckie, Rogic, Kruse, Nabbout
Injury concerns: Tomi Juric continues to recover from his knee injury, and is in the frame to lead the attack in place of Andrew Nabbout.
Denmark predicted XI: Schmeichel (capt), Dalsgaard, Kjaer (capt), Christensen, Stryger Larsen, Lasse Schone, Delaney, Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto, Jørgensen
Injury concerns: William Kvist was substituted in the 36th minute against Peru after suffering a punctured lung. He won’t feature for Denmark again in Russia.